Growing Up Southern (#blogeverydayinSept)

September 15, 2014

I know everyone says how fast time passes by all the time, but I can’t believe that we’re halfway through September. That means halfway through the Blog Everyday in September Challenge! This week Nick and I are heading on vacation on Wednesday, so that means a two day work week for me. Except I have a million and one things to do before it’s time to go. YIKES. Anyway, on to today’s prompt. Sarah helped me come up with today’s prompt and I can’t wait to read everyone’s responses!

 (This picture doesn’t really have anything to do with the blog post, 
I’ve just never shared it on the blog!)

Monday, Sept. 15: Finish this sentence and run with it: “What it was like growing up as a _______.” (Use your religion, nationality, heritage… anything!)

Growing up southern, as they say, was a privilege. I honestly can’t imagine growing up anywhere else. Not only was growing up in the South awesome, but South Carolina in particular was truly unique.

Our school field trips included Fort Sumter, South Carolina and Native American reservations. We learned about the Civil War and how it started, and also dug for artifacts and fossils. Visiting the State House felt like a trip back in time. I loved being able to see where cannons had hit and learning about the history behind it all. Growing up in one of the original 13 colonies offered so much rich history that I’m only now realizing having moved to a relatively “newer” state.

Living in Upstate South Carolina as a kid, my family was easily able to visit both the mountains and the beach. Each were only a few hours away. My childhood is filled with memories of our yearly trips to Myrtle Beach and rides up and down the Blue Ridge Parkway. Both of these, arguably two of the best outdoor experiences in the country, right outside my back door. I had no idea how lucky I was to be able to experience both of these as a kid almost every year.

Perhaps the most influential part of growing up in the South was the tradition of respect. Respecting your elders and each other was such a big part of my life and still is to this day. Southern hospitality is definitely alive and well and I absolutely love it.

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